America is famous for being a patchwork of cultures—adopting Christmas-tree decorating from old German traditions and filling pitas with shredded chapters of The Iliad. Taste the world locally with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mediterranean cuisine at Basils Greek Dining in Aurora.
Named for the herb that flourishes atop sunbathed Mediterranean peaks, Basils Greek Dining makes over traditional dishes to appease contemporary tastes. Like a dragon panting after his morning jog, the brick oven exhales searing currents across the vegetarian flatbread pizza, heaped with red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and olives planted in bubbly mozzarella and feta ($9 at lunch, $10 at dinner). The veal krasato's pasta foundation buttresses sautéed veal medallions balanced atop shallots, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes with marsala wine sauce ($17 at lunch, $19 at dinner). Chefs glut grape leaves with beef, lamb, and rice splashed with flavorful herbs and spices in the dolmades ($12 at lunch, $14 at dinner), a Greek take on comfort food that rose to popularity after eaters spurned cookie-stuffed gyros.
Light fixtures enclosed in decorative metal cages hover over fused hardwood and stone floors, regal columns, and tables' alabaster linens accentuated by navy-blue embellishments. Decorative tiles border abbreviated walls topped with woven wrought-iron vines inside, and a stone fountain lush with colorful blossoms gurgles as the brick patio's diners exchange pleasantries and credit scores in front of a stone fireplace.
4000 Fox Valley Center Dr.
Aurora, Illinois 60504Get Directions